Globe Network Modernization: What it Means to Philippine Customers

Globe\’s network modernization has been in the news since last month and now Globe even shout out to their customers that they are very serious about the on-going network upgrades.

I notice that I am getting more HSPA+ coverage in our area lately even though the signal is a little inconsistent. It is still better because I don\’t get HSPA+ signal before.

According to the service announcement that I received, Globe\’s network modernization program will provide its customers connectivity superior  than any other network in the Philippines. That sound\’s really ambitious so don\’t expect it to happen overnight.

Business Mirror reported about 80 percent of the $790 million investment will be spent in the first two years which is $530 million next year, and another $110 million in 2013.

Below, you\’ll find an infographic from Globe about their network modernization:

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Leveraging Virtual Offices Technology to Test a New Market Location

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This guest post is by Gerard Harris of  Servcorp UK.

When it comes to building a business to take on international growth, virtual offices technology has a lot of potential as a flexible approach to globalisation. However, as with any technology application, it’s how you use it that will decide its success. A big factor in how you leverage the technology available through virtual office packages is what you want to use the technology for. If you’re looking to test the potential of entering a new market you would use the technology in a subtly different way to how you’d use it to manage a network of global location.

If you’re new to international expansion, you might want to test the water before jumping in with both feet. Virtual office technology gives you the opportunity to have a local telephone number and address in your target country as standard, whether you’re looking at London, New York, Sydney or Dubai. However, providers with more advanced technology can also allow you to coordinate your international activity through virtual receptionist capabilities all controlled through an online portal. This gives companies the ability to change call answering options with much greater flexibility.

It’s also good to try to find a technology provider with professional, multilingual receptionists to give your new venture the added distinction needed to succeed in international expansion.
Online portals also allow you to access voicemail services easily for target operations, as well as setting up and coordinating fax to email instructions to ensure that new business opportunities in your target country are managed professionally and don’t slip through the net. The last thing you want is for an important call out of office hours or a signed contract fax to be overlooked, so having the ability to control elements like this will help you to be more responsive to business opportunities as they arise.

If you’re testing a market for international expansion through virtual office technology, it’s important to consider the implications of having face to face meetings in-country, as well as being able to work from a comfortable business location during scoping visits. Ideally, both of these activities will be delivered by your virtual office provider making it easy to join up all of your market entry activity through one organisation. There are a good number of companies that have physical locations in-country to give you access to boardrooms for larger meetings, smaller meeting rooms and flexible workspace to base yourself during time in your target location.

This guest blog was written by Gerard Harris, who works with Servcorp UK, specialists in virtual offices London.

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Globe Advisory Sends Spam Link to Subscribers

I\’ve criticized Globe for a while now for their spammy Twitter account and believe it or not — the spamming does not stop there.

Globe spam texts usually come from random numbers — Globe calls it subscriber-initiated text spamming and they are against it. Sounds good.

However, on a Sunday morning, Globe sent this SMS to me that looks legitimate. It is probably sent to a large number of smartphone subscribers also. The message asked me to download free Yahoo! Mail app through a link.

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Globe spam text – their own spam, not from subscribers

Okay. A free offer. That\’s so nice of you Globe. That\’s okay, I\’m accustomed to receiving daily advisories. I\’m using 3 lines: 2 prepaid and one postpaid. Guess which one gets the most unsolicited messages? Yes…. my postpaid line. I haven\’t subscribed to a Smart postpaid for a long while so I don\’t know if Globe spam texts are more than Smart spam texts. Some information from Globe\’s advisories are useful but most are not. I usually ignore them because they are legitimate advisories anyway. But not this one. I didn\’t ignore this particular SMS  because it is an outright spam. SPAM.

Here\’s why:

The link that comes with the message redirects to a shady website about a robotics magazine, not the Android Market.

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For starters, the official Android Market is located here at https://market.android.com/.

If you are using iOS, I\’m pretty sure that you know the official app store of Appple is located at iTunes but if you have allowed installation of non-official market apps like if you have rooted your Android or have jailbroken your iPhone, you can install applications downloaded anywhere. You better make sure you are getting clean and uninfected apps though. Whether it is Android, iOS or any smartphone, it is common sense to get your apps from the official source to avoid  malware.

Going back to Globe\’s spam advisory, I inspected the link and after doing a quick background check,  I found out that it is not harmful. It is still a spam though.

It\’s ironic because Globe is imposing measure against subscriber-initiated spam but they are spamming their own customers.

I don\’t know why Globe linked to that site when they could have linked to the  official apps marketplace. It seems that Globe do not check what they are sending to customers… or maybe I am wrong. Maybe they check and read first what they are sending but they badly screwed up this time. Maybe.

I give Globe the benefit of the doubt here.

In the past, I used to criticize Smart a lot too and the only reason I haven\’t criticized  Smart lately is because I don\’t use their services that much anymore. I generally find Globe\’s service gives more value to customers but that doesn\’t mean Globe is perfect. Far from it.

It\’s irritating to write about this and this, but Globe leaves me no choice. My only plea: Globe, please don\’t send spam to your customers.

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Whatever Happened to Yahoo?

When I look back at my primary school years, Yahoo is quite special for me because it is one of the first few websites that I have browsed way back in 1995 when Yahoo was only a year old then and it is one of the  leading internet search engine and brand at that time.

So I read news about Carol Bartz and I couldn\’t comprehend why they booted her that way. It was so cruel. Apparently, the reason Yahoo want to make headlines firing Bartz is to advertise the job vacancy as widely as possible. (d\’oh!)

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Don\’t you think that it was too harsh? The consolation is that she gets a severance package worth $10M.

So, what happened to Yahoo? Paul Graham\’s article reminded me of this trouble.

Looking at Yahoo now, it\’s very disappointing how it wasted a lot of opportunities to better position itself in the market and reinvent itself.

Om was right, someone should really fire the board. Restart from scratch and find their bearing. That board had made terrible mistakes over and over and firing Bartz will not help Yahoo get back on track.

Just look at Yahoo\’s stocks during Carol Bartz\’s term:

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Yahoo is back to where it started.

I don\’t know how true that Yahoo is up for sale.  Apparently, Jerry Yang said that Yahoo is not for sale.

Yahoo is losing more and more money and as far as I can see, its name and brand had been tarnished already with repetitive mistakes. Its brand doesn\’t inspire confidence either. What could happen to Yahoo if it doesn\’t find the right leader to put things back in order? Only time will tell.

 

 

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Steve Jobs Quotes and Infographics

\"SteveLast week, the world reacted to the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, Inc. He is formally replaced by his long-time apprentice Tim Cook.

Cook served as temporary CEO of Apple during Jobs\’ medical leaves so I was not surprised when Steve Jobs asked the board to execute the succession plan and chose Tim Cook. What I was surprised about is the amount of news coverage about Steve Jobs. The news throughout the week were bitter-sweet commemorating all the good things about Steve Jobs and what he had contributed in Apple.

Most of the blog posts were emotional and paid countless tributes to Steve Jobs. When Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt resigned as CEO of Microsoft and Google respectively, the press coverage wasn\’t like this. Fan boys and Apple enthusiasts wept. Some comments even sounded like obituaries.

I admire Steve Jobs a lot because the man is a genius. If you do not know about Steve Jobs, you can read these 11 must-read essays about Steve Jobs as recommended by Business Insider.

I was not interested in Steve Jobs until he gave this heart-warming commencement speech in Standford University back in June 2005. Here are three excerpts from the transcript that I like the most:

Connecting the dots (about the future)

\”You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.\”

About love and lost

\”Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don\’t lose faith. I\’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You\’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven\’t found it yet, keep looking. Don\’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you\’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don\’t settle.\”

About life and death

\”Your time is limited, so don\’t waste it living someone else\’s life. Don\’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people\’s thinking. Don\’t let the noise of others\’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.\”

There are more nuggets of wisdom and inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs collected by The Wall Street Journal and Mac Stories. Business Insider also has 13 Most Memorable Quotes from Steve Jobs. Better yet, go ahead at Wikiquotes and find quotes attribute to Steve Jobs.

Some of these quotes paid homage to Steve Jobs in OS X Lion \”All My Files\” icon. You have to zoom in closely to see it.

I could go on and on writing about Steve Jobs but many writers have done this last week already. To give you a better picture about his career and contributions to Apple, here are 8 infographics about Steve Jobs:

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Steve Jobs is not only known as the founder and CEO of Apple but also an inventor with an attention to detail. New York Times has an interactive list of Apple patents from desktop computers to iPods, iOS devices, laptops and other oddities. Among the group of inventors, the name Steven P. Jobs appeared a few times.

And one more thing… How about the iconic outfit? We will definitely miss this iconic wardrobe on stage. Steve Jobs definitely has more than one pair of those but he demonstrated that if you found one style that works for you, stick with it.

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You can get the exact black St. Croix Microfiber Mock Turtlenecks, Levi\’s 501 jeans and New Balance 991 sneakers from your favorite retailer way cheaper than what\’s on the picture below.

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While Steve Jobs resigned as CEO, he will stay at the company as chairman of the board. Let\’s wish Steve Jobs the best of health.

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HP Killed WebOS Devices, Will Spin-off PC Division

\"TouchPad\"Say goodbye to webOS devices like TouchPad, Pre and Veer.

Bloomberg broke the news and surprised many analyst as Hewlett-Packard announced this morning that HP will stop making tablets and smartphones hardware running webOS. The company also made other announcements about the PC business and a plan to buy Autonomy for $10.25 billion cash.

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Apple wins again.

We have sensed that HP is in critical situation because a news come out yesterday that Best Buy allegedly has sold only less than 10% of the TouchPad stocks and the retailer wants to return the 200,000 unsold units to HP.

Many  investors and shareholders were upset because of the tablet\’s poor sales and TouchPad did not get traction it was hoping for. It came too late in the game and it faced tough competition against Apple iPad 2. There was also little support from third-party developers unlike Apple iOS and Google Android. It strengthen the notion that without apps, there will be no sales in the tablet and mobile market.

\"webOS\"WebOS is an elegant software platform and HP reiterated that webOS itself isn\’t dead. It is seeking the best hardware partner for the mobile operating system. With Google\’s recent acquisition of Motorola, disillusioned Android partners might think twice in getting  an alternative OS for their hardware devices.

HP to Spin-Off PC Business

On the other side of the story, HP will also evaluate the PC business for strategic alternatives. It could be a spin-off or other transaction or whatever that means.

HP confirmed that the tablet effect is real and unfortunately TouchPad could not deliver the expected sales to cover for the shrinking PC market.

Even though HP remains the world\’s largest PC maker, the Personal System Group needs to make the best decisions with more flexibility and agility because of lower margins and tougher economy.

According to the announcement, HP is implementing a plan to fundamentally transform the company.

The personal computing market is quickly evolving with new form factors and application ecosystems. Given these realities, HP believes it is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders to explore ways for PSG to position itself to address these rapid changes and maintain its technological and market leadership positions.

This new direction for HP\’s PC business will take effect from 12 to 16 months as the company explore the alternatives for personal computing market.

HP to buy Autonomy for $10.25 billion

Further more, HP also announced an all-cash offer for Autonomy which is a global leader in Information Management software for the enterprise.

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“Autonomy presents an opportunity to accelerate our strategic vision to decisively and profitably lead a large and growing space,” said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer. “Autonomy brings to HP higher value business solutions that will help customers manage the explosion of information. Together with Autonomy, we plan to reinvent how both unstructured and structured data is processed, analyzed, optimized, automated and protected. Autonomy has an attractive business model, including a strong cloud based solution set, which is aligned with HP’s efforts to improve our portfolio mix. We believe this bold action will squarely position HP in software and information to create the next-generation Information Platform, and thereby, create significant value for our shareholders.”

Drastic times call for drastic measures and HP is making such a big bet to focus on the strengths of the company.

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Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility – Surprise!

\"GoogleYou didn\’t see this one coming, did you? I\’m surprised with the whole Google Motorola Mobility thing and I am still digesting the news. I am sure many tech journalists were surprised as well with the announcement of Google acquiring Motorola Mobility for a huge amount of $12.5 billion.

If you are following the news about Google and Microsoft patent wars as of late, the acquisition of Motorola Mobility is likely a wise decision to protect the Android platform from companies like Microsoft and Apple which have already sued some of Google partners over patent infringement. This is a big deal.

Larry Page has a very long post on why Google bought Motorola. Here are some of the highlights:

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

Google and Motorola Mobility boils down to two things: Software-Hardware strategy and Patents.

Early this year, Motorola Inc. split into two companies namely Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. This gives Google the opportunity to just acquire the business of Motorola that makes mobile gadgets.

The software-hardware strategy is what Apple came up in 1997, the year Steve Jobs step up from an adviser to become Apple’s CEO and the genius behind the success of Apple products. I think Google is trying to pull off the same here. Can you see the trend now? HP – Palm, Microsoft – Nokia and now Google – Motorola.

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This could mean that the entire ecosystem of Google software could be integrated with the entire line of Motorola’s hardware while keeping it open for other hardware manufacturers. It could also mean that Google can address the glaring problems of Android faster, like battery life and fragmentation, while allowing other players to use its mobile operating system on their handsets.

Now what about patents? Google also got access to a big war chest of patents that could be used to strengthen its defense against other companies that is ganging up on Android. Motorola has over 24,000 patents including the pending ones and at least 17,000 that now exist in the portfolio.

Of course we shouldn’t just look at a rosy-tinted glass.

Most of Google hardware partners have expressed positive comment on Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility but most of the statement released by HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG all sound the same, like they were all crafted by the PR people. We really don’t know how the big boss of these companies reacted to the news.

On the side note, HTC and Samsung already had a Nexus model and this may suggest that the next Nexus model will most likely come from Motorola since it is the most logical step to promote this Google Motorola Mobility deal. Love your own, right?

Business Insider posted the winners and losers regarding Google Motorola Mobility deal. You can also read here the transcript of the conference call this morning that Google and Motorola held for the announcement.

Who knows what other developments will follow after the marriage of Google and Motorola. Only time can tell how this will affect Google in the long run.

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